Having children has made me quite the aficionado of ice cream....and where to find the inexpensive stuff! Here in the Double C we have a pretty fine selection. So lets start with one of the best and incredibly delicious. It was brought to my attention by my thrifty friend Jack, father of 3. Rite Aid next to Pavillions on Jefferson/Sepulveda intersection has a seriously fabulous ice cream bar within the store, called Thrifty. They have traditional, old school flavors. Hello rum raisin and butter pecan. (I spent many years in Oklahoma indulging in Swensen's & .... ice cream shops....heaven) They give you huge scoops that are made into long cylinder shapes and they only charge you $2.17 per scoop. You can have fabulous waffle cones as well and the people who work there are really friendly. Just around the corner is Blanco park, so saunter down the street and enjoy your cheap yet delicious indulgence.
Menchies is about 100 yards away from Rite Aid on Sawtelle just below Sepulveda. This place is hands down my favorite. They have at least 20 flavors of amazing frozen yoghurt, a bar full of fruit, cookie, mochi and brownie toppings plus a whole area of containers full of coconut, carob chips, gummy bears, heath bar and kit kats broken up into little pieces. They also have big bottles of liquid marshmallow, peanut butter and hot fudge sauces. They weigh your container and you pay by the ounce. You can load up on fruit, ice cream and goodies and it will barely cost $3.50. Everyone who works there is extremely friendly and they have a frequent flyer program and stickers to give out. Plus, they have a back room that you can rent out for birthday party. Ice cream binging anyone? We are also getting another Menchies in downtown Culver City soon.
Ugo Gelato Bar has the most divine authentic gelato and is located right in the heart of downtown Culver City at Culver and Cardiff. This is the real deal and you will pay for it but their selection of 10 sorbets and 20 odd gelatos are exhilarating - tiramisu,
They recently redid the whole restaurant and you can have the gelato served to you on the front patio or take it to go in their adorable italian plastic bowls. I highly recommend going there after dinner, getting a scoop and sauntering around downtown taking in the wonderful atmosphere.
Across the street from Ugo is Coldstone Creamery, the first ice cream store in downtown Culver City. This is for the serious ice cream lovers who want to pile every craving into one exciting dish. Choose your delicious base ice cream and add to it all sorts of goodies - brownie bits, twix, strawberries and cream, mint cookies, coffee ice cream with heath bar, caramel and almonds all rolled into one, prepared right in front of you. It is serious indulgence and you can go right outside, sit on a bench
On the up and coming east side of Culver City, amongst all the great art galleries on Washington Blvd., is an awesome new kid in town, Coolhaus.
The flavor selection is out of sight: double chocolate with sea salt, potato chip and butterscotch, vegan truffle banana, gluten free coconut almond, ginger molasses, and so on and so on. So! You choose a divine cookie and get a wedge of yummy creaminess in between your cookies. Sit in the storefront, on the sidewalk or saunter up and down Washington Blvd and gaze into all the wonderful storefronts. You may recognize the name after seeing Coolhaus vans driving around LA, parking and selling at festivals, museums, farmers markets and more. Two gals starting the food truck part and have now expanded to other cities. But Culver City is the only place where they have an actual storefront and you can select your own, at the corner of Washington and Cattaraugus. It is such a cool experience plus they sell delicious coffee that I highly recommend making into a coffee and ice cream float. Heaven!
Just beyond the outskirts of Culver City is a little gem called Scoops.
It is in a mini strip mall on overland and woodbine (just north of Palms). They have the most amazing creativity when it comes to flavors. Lemon butterfinger, apple pie, ricotta honey m&m, almond green tea and malt brownies to name just a few. They also have a huge selection of non dairy: peanut butter molasses, peach blood orange sorbet, banana oreo and pistachio rosewater, etc. They change their flavors daily and you can follow them on facebook and twitter to see their offerings. Very cool. They also serve individually brewed specialty coffees. This place is so cool they even have art gallery showings some nights: new artist + gorgeous iced goodies = great experience in Culver City.